Holly Yanco Named AAAS Fellow

Holly Yanco, a professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and director of the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center, has been appointed a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Election as a fellow honors members whose efforts toward advancing science are considered scientifically or socially distinguished. Yanco is among 502 scientists and engineers elected as fellows of the AAAS and was elected to the section on information, computing & communication.

Yanco joined the faculty of UMass Lowell in July 2001. She also serves as the director of the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center and founded the Human-Robot Interaction Lab, which includes students at all career stages from freshmen to doctoral candidates. Additionally, she co-leads the AI Institute for Collaborative Assistance and Responsive Interaction for Networked Groups (AI-CARING), a National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institute funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Yanco's research interests encompass human-robot interaction, improved visualization of sensor data, adjustable autonomy, urban search and rescue, assistive technology, and robotics education. Her lab receives funding from the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, Microsoft, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Read the full announcement here: AAAS Welcomes 502 Scientists and Engineers Who Join Ranks of Fellows

Access the list of fellows (including Holly Yanco): 2023 Fellows